The Health Care Authority’s mission is: We ensure that New Mexicans attain their highest level of health by providing whole-person, cost-effective, accessible, and high-quality health care and safety-net services.


The Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD) provides an array of services that are available to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

Funds are available based on Legislative appropriation from the State General Funds and there may be waiting lists for these services in some communities due to the limited funding availability.

DDSD funds and partners with the University of New Mexico (UNM) Center for Developmental Disability Autism Programs. Services and supports include diagnostic evaluations, resources and supports for families, parent and community raining, and more.

If you are wondering where to start in accessing services for a family member with ASD, please visit the UNM Autism Programs website.

Applied Behavioral Analysis Services

While not funded through DDSD, families with a child with diagnosis of ASD who is eligible for Medicaid can request to receive Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services in accordance with NMAC 8.321.2.10. This service is covered under the Behavioral Health benefit package and families should contact their Care Coordinator within the Managed Care Organization (MCO) under which they are enrolled.  To learn about eligibility, see the State of New Mexico’s New Mexico Human Services Department Medicaid Portal.

Health Insurance Coverage

While not funded through DDSD, families with a child with a diagnosis of ASD with private health insurance coverage can access autism services because of Senate Bill 39 – Coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment that was signed into law in 2009, mandating health insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders in persons 19 years old and younger or 22 years old and younger if enrolled in high school. Services covered include well-baby and well-child screening for diagnosing the presence of autism spectrum disorder and the treatment of autism spectrum disorder through speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and applied behavioral analysis.